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#67 - Franklin D. Roosevelt

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FDR refuses additional state funding for the massive undertaking of the Theodore Roosevelt Island Memorial

TLS, one page, 8 x 10.5, State of New York, Executive Chamber letterhead, September 11, 1930. Letter to George Pindar, the secretary of the New York State Roosevelt Memorial, in full: “Thank you for your letter in regard to the approach to the Roosevelt Memorial. I am, of course, entirely in favor of an adequate and dignified approach. I must, however, make it perfectly clear that the state government cannot in my judgment put up any more money for the Memorial because already we have far exceeded the original plan which was approved by the Legislature many years ago. I hope, of course, that the City of New York will lend every possible aid.” In fine condition. Designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial is located on a small island in the center of the Potomac River, just opposite the port of Georgetown. The ambitious design required restoring and preserving the island's natural woodlands, swamps, and marshes to serve as a 'living memorial' to the Great Conservationist, and faced significant set-backs due to the high costs. After over three decades of delay and construction, the memorial was finally dedicated on October 27, 1967, boasting a 17-foot tall bronze statue by artist Paul Manship at its center. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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